Sengyo vs Katsugyo: Meaning in Japanese
Have you ever heard of “Sengyo Sushi (鮮魚寿司)”?
Sengyo Sushi literally refers to sushi consisting of vinegared rice “Shari (しゃり)” topped with a slice of Sengyo.
In addition to Sengyo, in Japan “Katsugyo (活魚)” are also rarely prepared as ingredients for sushi and sashimi.
Meaning: Sengyo vs Katsugyo
As you can guess by now, Sengyo and Katsugyo are both Japanese words for “fish”, but what is the difference in meaning between them? Today, for people who are interested, let me explain that.
First off, Sengyo is actually the Japanese word for “fresh dead fish” soon after being caught, specifically after the rigor mortis.
In contrast, Katsugyo are fishes that are alive, specifically until the rigor mortis. Sushi restaurants offering Katsugyo usually have fish tanks called “Ikesu (生簀)” on the floor.